DTA Foundation/Crown Seating Scholarship Recipient Keyachtta C. Hawkins, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
Dental school is a very busy time, why did you decide to commit so much of your time to helping the community?
When I think about my upbringing and my community, I think about how it has made me the person that I am. Growing up in a teenage single parent household, living in low-income housing, and being educated in poor rural public schools, all of which although not easy has sculpted me into the woman I am today. At times, I think about how I can help someone in need more than I think about myself. This tells me that it is innate in me to want to give back to the underserved. I love school and treating my patients in our student clinics; however, when I am in the community making a true difference in the lives of others who are often overlooked, I truly feel fulfilled.